"'I,' Says The Poem" This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

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"I," says the poem arrogantly
"'I am a cloud
I am a tree
I am acity
I am the sea
I am a golden mystery.'"

A poem is written
by somesomeone
Someone like you
or some-one like me.

Who blows his nose
Who breaksshoelaces
Who hates and loves
Who loses gloves
Who eats and weeps
Who laughs, andsleeps.

An ordinary he or she
Extraordinary as you or me

Whose memories
rootdeep as trees,

Whose feelings choke
Like a city smoke.

Whose fears and joys
inwaves rebound
like an ocean tidal sound,

Who daily solves a mystery:
each hour isnew,
what will it be?

"I," says the poem matter-of-factually
"'I am a cloud
I ama tree
I am a city
I am the sea
I am a golden mystery.

'But,' adds the poemsilently,
'I cannot speak until you come,
reader, come, come with me.'"

Quotedsegments from "'I,' Says the Poem" by Eve Merriam


This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine. This piece has been published in Teen Ink’s monthly print magazine.






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Anonymous critic said...
Mar. 11, 2015 at 11:02 pm
This person doesn't know what a space bar is. Also this is not the correct poem
 
vbsbbabe10 said...
Apr. 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm
i love this site i was sick the day they read this at school an u cant bring the poem book home an this site helped me so much
 
exampleperson said...
Jan. 1, 2010 at 11:17 am
Thanks soooo much! I needed this poem for school. I love it!
 
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